With the aim of improving desexing rates to ease the numbers of pets entered into pounds and shelters, reduce euthanasia rates, and protect the environment and native wildlife, the NSW Government has introduced annual pet permits.
As of July 1, 2020 owners of cats that are not desexed by the age of four months will be required to pay an annual permit of $80, in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
However, some exemptions are in place for cats that are registered by July 1, are kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies, and cats that cannot be desexed for medical reasons.
Owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared dangerous will also be required to pay an annual permit of $195, in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
Owners are obligated to apply for permits or will cop an immediate fine of $400 for non-desexed cats and $700 for restricted and dangerous dog breeds.
The legislation has been introduced by the NSW Government and will be enforced by local councils.
Pet owners can pay for annual permits at any Council Customer Service Centre.
For more information, contact Council on 6378 2850.